Regulatory Agency

Canadian Intellectual Property Office


The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), a Special Operating Agency (SOA) associated with Industry Canada, is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada. Intellectual property includes:

  • Patents, which cover new inventions or any new and useful improvement of an existing invention.
  • Trade-marks, which are a word or words, a design, or a combination of these, used to identify the goods or services of one person or organization and to distinguish these goods or services from those of others in the marketplace.
  • Copyrights, which provide protection for artistic, dramatic, musical or literary works (including computer programs), and three other subject-matters: performances, sound recordings and communication signals.
  • Industrial designs, which are the visual features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament (or any combination of these features), applied to a finished article of manufacture.
  • Integrated circuit topographies, which refer to the three-dimensional configurations of electronic circuits embodied in integrated circuit products or layout designs.

In addition to registering patents and trade-marks, CIPO manages a Patent Appeal Board that reviews rejected applications and decides first inventorship in patent conflict situations, among other activities. Individuals can also oppose trade-marks or respond to trade-mark opposition through CIPO’s Trade-marks Opposition Board.


Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Place du Portage I
50 Victoria St., Room C-114
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0C9

Telephone (International): 819-934-0544
Toll Free: 1-866-997-1936
Fax: 819-953-2476